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Cruise of the Gods [DVD] [2002]

Rob Brydon , Steve Coogan , Declan Lowney    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, David Walliams, James Corden, Helen Coker
  • Directors: Declan Lowney
  • Writers: Michael Marshall Smith, Peter Baynham, Tim Firth
  • Producers: Steve Coogan, Alison MacPhail, Henry Normal, Kerry Waddell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009KHUT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,095 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Both warmly funny and surprisingly touching, the one-off 90-minute BBC comedy Cruise of the Gods (2002) unites the twin comic talents of Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan for the first time. Brydon, whose Marion & Geoff brought him instant cult status and critical acclaim, plays Andy Van Allen, a washed-up actor who once enjoyed celebrity as the star of a TV science-fiction series but who is now down on his luck as a hotel porter. Desperate to rescue his self-esteem, but equally desperate to conceal his failure, he reluctantly embarks on a Mediterranean cruise for die-hard fans of the old show organised by uber-nerd Jeff Monks (David Walliams). To compound his humiliation, Van Allan's one-time costar, Nick Lee (Coogan), now a Hollywood big shot thanks to his starring role in Sherlock Holmes in Miami, gatecrashes the trip.

Elements of both Marion & Geoff's agonising pathos and the squirm-inducing embarrassment of I'm Alan Partridge feature prominently here as the merciless portrayal of geeky fandom slowly gives way to a more gentle, affectionate portrait of people whose lives were inexplicably touched by the fantastically awful Children of Castor (imagine a camp cross between Blake's 7 and The Tomorrow People). Unlike the sympathetically pathetic ex-husband of Marion, here Brydon plays a cruelly cynical and embittered character, whose self-loathing contrasts painfully with the annoying ebullience of Coogan's superstar. The supporting cast are all a delight, too: witness lugubrious Philip Jackson, as alcoholic writer Hugh Bispham, clashing hilariously with Walliams' deadly earnest super-fan over the interpretation of names in the show, which turn out to be nothing more cryptic than anagrams of Bispham's favourite curries. James Corden and Helen Coker are emotionally fragile followers whose lives intertwine unexpectedly with their heroes, while Brian Conley and Jack Jones gamely provide cameos. --Mark Walker

Product Description

Andy Van Allen, former hero of a cult 1980s futuristic TV show is now a washed-up, bitter failure of a hotel porter, unlike his co-star, Nick Lee, who went on to fame and fortune in the USA. Out of the blue, Andy receives an unusual offer: the show's fan club has organised a 'celebrity cruise' and wants Andy to attend as the principal celebrity. Not only would this be the first holiday Andy's had for years, but they're offering serious money into the bargain. Once aboard, however, the paradise cruise is far from plain sailing. The combination of Andy's cynicism and his fans' adoration is bad enough to start with but unbeknown to him the cruise is set with a collision course with his mega-successful former co-star, Lee. With his world spinning out of control, can Andy finally get a grip, and become a true hero for his people?

DVD Special Features:

  • Out-takes
  • Deleted scenes (with commentary)
  • Children of Castor Sequence Commentary with Declan Lowney (Director), Alison MacPhail (Producer) and Tim Firth (Writer)
  • 30 minute video diary
  • Photo gallery
  • Scene selection
  • Alternative Ending

Running Time: 90 minutes approx.

Customer Reviews

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem 14 Jan 2010
By bug
Wow, what a great find this comedy drama is. How it seems to have sunk without a trace is quite beyond me - fans of Steve Coogan may know that he says on the 'A Cock and Bull Story' commentary that this one-off has never been repeated and he can't understand why. Perhaps the greatest enjoyment of this show is how easy it is to relate to. For anyone who has ever been a fan of anything and obsessively followed their heros and collected every scrap of information about them, this is the show for you! The cast are uniformly excellent with James Corden providing the emotional heart of the drama and David Walliams perfectly personifying the slightly creepy sci-fi obsessive. Be warned if you are buying this on the basis of Steve Coogan, his screentime is limited. However, when Coogan is on screen he is magnificent, providing some of the funniest moments with his Children of Castor appearances. However great everyone else is, this show belongs to Rob Brydon who owns it from the moment he appears on screen. Brydon gives a remarkably complex performance, being both extremely unlikeable and also sympathetic at the same time. For Coogan and Brydon fans there is great fun to be had seeing them both play against type and against the image of them portrayed in the media. Coogan is warm, kind, enthusiastic and generous. In contrast, Brydon is frustrated, unpleasant and arrogant. It is also great to see Brydon get the chance to play a womaniser, who even resorts to wearing his old Children of Castor costumes to get a fan into bed! Overall a fantastic programme, well worth watching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 26 Jun 2012
Having previously enjoyed A Cock and Bull Story and The Trip, this sounded absolutely hilarious. Sadly I didn't find it all that funny. It was mildly amusing in general with the Sherlock Holmes in Miami idea pretty funny. It all just seemed a bit too crap really. Apart from the title sequence the Children of Castor stuff was pretty lame.

It's OK but not a patch on the aforementioned titles.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Changing..... 4 July 2003
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If you're expecting a Steve Coogan centric film then you'll be disapointed I would estimate he appears in about one-third of the film
Even if you've never dipped a foot into the water that is genre TV then you'll recognize many of the images. Fans dressed up as characters, fan-written episodes, seminars upon the hidden meaning of episodes.
Rob Brydon plays the former star of an 80's Scifi show -the effects and costumes bear an uncanny similarity to Blakes 7- who is now a hotel porter. In a bid to escape his life he grudgingly takes up an invitation to join a fan cruise for fans of the series, he's joined by the writer and someone who only ever appeared in the opening credits.
However despite (or maybe because of) his lowly real life it doesn't stop him taking on the airs of a prima-donna once he joins the cruise. However his bubble is somewhat burst when Steve Coogan his co-star (and now a major star in Hollywood) joins.
Of course it wouldn't be British if there wasn't a large amount of tragedy to say to who and in what way would be to spoil the film.
Well worth it if only to see Coogan playing a cop in his US series (conveniently filming its "special" episode over in Europe)
One extra I heartily recommend is "Steve Coogans Runner" a short film about the behind the scenes happenings including a ship wreck and the sight of two male stars sharing not only the same room but the same bed!!!
Heartily recommend this film to all
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars 20 April 2013
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This film, while not the best or the most funny that I've seen, is entertaining enough to garner a recommendation. Great for 90 minutes, especially if you don't expect too much. The Children of Castor sequences are hilarious, and David Walliams was great as the weirdo fanboy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK 22 Feb 2013
By Robin
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I like the actors and the story line was OK. Not one I would watch again for some considerable time. Having said that, worth the money paid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'We all live in a future we deserve...' 25 Jan 2013
I first saw this not long after 'Marion & Geoff' first aired on the BBC. In hindsight I feel sorry for Andy Van Allen, Rob Brydon's character, having been reduced to carrying people's bags in hotels! The depiction of the fans who followed the 'Children Of Castor' series was so true - the way they hung onto dialogue like 'It's a wild world out there'. I also liked Steve Coogan's Phil Oakey hairstyle as Nick Lee in the scenes from the series! And I suspect the current series 'Elementary' took its cue from the 'Sherlock Holmes In Miami' series Lee is a success with.

The (fictional)'Casualty' scene made me want to see the rest of the story - what led up to the character of Brian's accident? I kept imagining a 'Leader Of The Pack' or 'Terry' scenario myself. Andy seems so bitter about the whole business of the fan convention on the cruise ship, but it is so touching when he gets to know that Russell (James Corden) is his son.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good cast and personalities 23 Mar 2012
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Usual, reliable fare from Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan. Both engaging personalities who generally star in quirky, funny stories. This is no exception.

Rob plays a rather selfish, defensive, over-the-hill former star of a children's science fiction TV series, The Children of Castor from the 90's. Being out of work (except for an appearance on Casualty while doing his present job as a hotel porter), he accepts a fan-cruise along with other stars of the series. He is subjected to the usual fawning of his fans, photo sessions, signing of posters, etc.

He encounters singer Jack Jones, who is entertaining on the same boat. Also Steve Coogan, a rather more successful former star of the series, now in America -- with lovely young American starlet in tow, who plays the character with his usual cynicism and dry wit. There is a funny sequence when Rob joins the cast of Sherlock Holmes in Miami, in which Steve now stars.

But there are serious moments as well, as when one of the older members of the cast reveals he is ill, and when Rob encounters the result of his philandering when he was a star. Rob learns a few lessons along the way and it seems the future may be a bit brighter. Bittersweet.

An imminently watchable feature with two likeable and good-looking stars, and supported by a wonderfully sympathetic cast of characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cruising for poignancy, rather than laughs...
An interesting film showcasing the talents of Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, whilst including some of the earliest work of David Walliams and James Corden. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bookworm Baggie
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I am a huge fan of both Coogan and brydon but this is the worst drivel that has ever been put to screen. Appalling. Worst of all is James Corden who literally cannot act. Read more
Published 5 months ago by fatbobslim
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap
Bought it for the other half as he wanted it - now I'm being tortured as having to watch it with him!! :(
Dreadful acting / boring / disappointing
Published 5 months ago by Ferylcat
1.0 out of 5 stars Cruise of the gods
What was that rubbish about? Great guys in 'The Trip' but this is like school play level. When does it get to be entertaining?
Published 9 months ago by CHRISTY
4.0 out of 5 stars Firth Class Television (ouch!)
Andy is a struggling actor who in an act of desperation agrees to be the star guest on a "Fan Cruise" celebrating his role as Romak in 80s teen sci-fi series "Children of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alan Connor
3.0 out of 5 stars good
i tried this copy in a few machines but it tended to skip, rather annoying, but the film was a pleasure
Published 12 months ago by jim of the hun
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Such a shame. Really expected good things from this, but it merely lost the sparkle you usually expect from this cast. Read more
Published 13 months ago by C Browne
2.0 out of 5 stars A smug product. Tedious dialogue & action.
This is a sad little film, despite cameo roles of the "cream" of British comedy. Spare us, please. Grossly overrated and dull, with a banal storyline. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cristo B
3.0 out of 5 stars Not vintage Coogan and Brydon
An OK TV film but I just thought it was bit obvious - James Corden as token fat bloke who turns out to be Brydon's son.................yeah right. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. P. D. Steer
1.0 out of 5 stars ok if nothing better to do on a clod damp sunday afternoon.
I love the work of Rob & Steve but this was poor, its ok if nothing to do on a cold damp sunday afternoon. Could of been so much better with the cast they had. Read more
Published 16 months ago by mark
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